Thursday, November 10, 2011
A collection of heart stories
Brooks is at her finest in this cunning collection of short stories. Her trademark wit and sharp observation is crafted with depth and compassion, as she once again explores the gamut of human experience with fearless clarity and buoyant optimism.
In this series, Linda gives full rein to her passion for the individual narratives of others. With deference and respect, she reveals the foibles and quirks of her varied characters, never losing the essence of the elegance and power of the human spirit.
These stories are vignettes—windows into the lives of others, where equality and dignity is intrinsically woven into each tale. We see our friends, family and acquaintances. We make new friends and ultimately gain insight into our own true selves.
Vignettes is now available on Linda's website www.lindaruthbrooks.com for $15.75 incl postage. The first two buyers will receive a set of six hand-painted blank greeting cards.
You know us.
We are your cousin Alice, who tells the story of Nanna’s funeral; of how all the cars followed Uncle George in the wrong direction, while a priest stood by the grave, waiting to conduct the burial.
We are your dad, who you visit on warm summer nights, and he talks about the old days; when he met mum; when he worked in the cane fields.
We are the migrant family next door, who laugh till they cry, telling of how, when they arrived in the fifties, they went to the milk bar for a gelati. The owner just kept saying “Gilleti” and offering them razor blades.
We are the Vietnamese mother who tells you one day how she came to Australia. She quietly talks of three weeks at sea in a small boat, crammed in with twenty others, knees to chest, cold, wet and hungry.
We are anyone who has lived in Australia. Often, our stories will be your stories; but some will be strange, different; some will be funny and others will bring tears.
We are the story tellers who started with memories that turned into stories. We wrote them down, and learned the frustration when the words wouldn’t come; and experienced that magical moment when the words took over, and the story wrote itself. We became authors.
Now here we are. These are our stories; our country’s living history.
John McBride (2010)
Now available on Linda's website www.lindaruthbrooks.com for $15.75 incl postage. The first two buyers will receive a set of six hand-painted blank greeting cards.